Woolworths Warwick manager Nicole Shaw (middle) presents Warwick group officer Alan Payne and the rural fire brigades with $4000 and $3600 to Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham for the Warwick and District Youth Service.
Woolworths Warwick manager Nicole Shaw (middle) presents Warwick group officer Alan Payne and the rural fire brigades with $4000 and $3600 to Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham for the Warwick and District Youth Service.

Woolworths make donation to firies

AN army of 300 volunteers in 14 brigades work hard each month, training and working as a team to help keep their region safe from bushfires.

That’s why, when businesses like Woolworths hand over a cheque for $4000, images of new fire trucks and the latest equipment is music to Warwick group officer Alan Payne’s ears, knowing their hard work has not gone unnoticed.

Yesterday Woolworths Warwick store manager Nicole Shaw handed over $4000 to the rural firies as well as $3600 to the Warwick and District Youth Service.

“These are two of the community’s biggest assets and need as much help as possible, so we’re only too happy to help,” she said.

Mr Payne said the $4000 came as a surprise and didn’t have immediate plans for the money but would no doubt “come in handy” among the 14 brigades.

“The $30 levy which goes on all Southern Downs rates notices helps fund the brigades and maintenance, but we rely on the Jupiters Community Grants as well as donations like this (Woolworths) to help build and expand our sheds and things like that,” he said. “We’re getting new dual cabs – Freestone just got one, The Glen will receive one next year and one will be handed over to Wildash (today).

“We also just received what they call a Heavy Tanker stationed at the Freestone fire shed which will be tasked within the Toowoomba regional area for when we have major fires, so every bit of money helps us.”

Keen to learn more about becoming a rural firie? Call Alan Payne on 4666 1542.



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